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Gift idea for a friend on Halloween -- BOOze!

Every Halloween I always like to BOO - ze someone {buy them silly booze for the holiday}. This year it was our new landlords. I took myself to a nearby Cost Plus and went to work on a basket gift. Cost Plus is the best place for basket building. And right now they have all kinds of spooky beers and wines for BOOzing. I added some Frankenstein cocktail napkins, some pumpkin crunch for snacking and a little dracula toy and it was complete. I wish I had the kind of budget to make these gifts for all of my friends. Maybe one day.

Rodoni Farms

You guessed it. Rodoni Farms! I promised Rob I wouldn't go crazy with the photos, but we did snap a few. What a selection Rodoni has. My goodness. They had every breed of pumpkin available. Even the Cinderella pumpkins {which I love!}. This year I've particularly been drawn to the white pumpkins. What I also love about Rodoni is the field sits on a hillside, overlooking the ocean. And boy is that ocean breeze intoxicating. The perfect end to a Fall day in California.

{the ocean air doesn't allow for the best hair.
But it doesn't get much better than smelling the ocean and kissing my baby's cheeks.}

And there you have it. A baby sitting in a field of pumpkins. A very pale baby but a baby at that! 

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival + a video

This last weekend we went to the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. We've been so caught up with moving and work that I wanted us to take a little road trip somewhere close by and near the ocean;) So, we headed to the little town of Half Moon Bay. Their annual festival was packed with pumpkin everything - pumpkin macaroni & cheese, pumpkin chili, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin ice-cream - pumpkin you name it! There were giant pumpkins every where you looked, different craft stations for kids, a pumpkin pie eating contest, world class pumpkin carvers and a festival parade {which we missed because we were eating something pumpkin-y}. It was such a fun day of music and art and pumpkin eating! After the crowd got the best of us {really, I was starting to get claustrophobic}, we said goodbye to the festival and headed home. On the way back into Santa Cruz we stopped at Rodoni Farms. Rob insisted that because Jace won't necessarily remember any of this pumpkin fun, that we didn't need to go overboard on the pictures, or actually pick out a pumpkin, so we enjoyed the view and smell of the ocean, obnoxiously put Jace in the piles of pumpkins and giggled over his obsession with the hay. More pictures on Rodoni next!

{the pumpkin-tini was delish}

{not sure Jace is a pumpkin fan just yet.}

{broom anyone?}

{for being quite the pumpkin pie fanatic, I must say their "famous" pie was pretty good. 
And why have I never put cinnamon on my pumpkin pie before?! It's delicious!}

{babies in flannels kill me.}

We have grapes!

Well, we moved. Again. In case you were wondering where I've been. You would think I was getting paid for moving as often as I have. Almost like a reality television show, where I would get paid to move to different cities and allow you to follow us on our adventures -- the restaurants, the events, the sights.  I wish. It's more the opposite. Moving isn't cheap, and I'm certainly not getting paid to do this almost every year. Perhaps I have some kind of disorder when it comes to being settled. Perhaps I don't want to feel settled. Who knows. By now I would consider us experts at moving. 5 rentals in 7 years. Ridiculous. On the bright side, I guess there is something wonderful about moving into a new place. Out with the old, in with the new. Clean, de-clutter, drop a load to the Goodwill, start fresh. As much as I hate packing, I have to admit, I love to unpack. Put the music on and organize. Almost therapeutic. Until your baby wants your attention and you have to put the unpacking on hold and snuggle and play. Not complaining, just a different kind of move this time! But to the point here, our new place has a full on garden in the front yard, with planter boxes and all! Basil, tomatoes, lemons, limes and more. And in the back we have grapes. GRAPES! In our backyard. And they're delicious. When I walk in the back, I smell grapes. I love it. It makes this move all that better. I'm excited to save money by living out in the hills, and hopefully we can begin to daydream of the day when we finally plant our roots, and settle somewhere. Whatever that means. More pics to come.

Christmas in September

Mr. Jace got an early visit from Santa Claus while in Arizona this month. A friend of our family wanted to stop by to meet our little man and showed up dressed like Santa Claus, an identity he's trying on this season at some of the local hospitals in Phoenix. Jace wasn't scared at all. He was giddy and curious and happy. Couldn't stop petting Don's beard, oops, I mean Santa Claus' beard ;) I seriously cannot wait for Christmas. We are going to go crazy with the Christmas fun with Jace. Watch out little boy, the holidays are almost here.

{best friends!}